South Texas ProBono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)
Who We Are
Provides legal services in immigration proceedings to detained, indigent immigrants and asylum-seekers through direct service, pro bono representation and pro se assistance.
How to Get Help
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Who We Serve
- Cameron County
- Hidalgo County
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Type of Help
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How does ProBAR work?
ProBAR is directed by an attorney coordinator located in Harlingen, Texas. The project works closely with local community based programs, the immigration court, and the organized bar to identify detained asylum seekers who have strong claims to asylum or other relief under U.S. law but, owing to indigence, cannot afford to hire private counsel.
The ProBAR coordinator matches asylum applicants requesting counsel with attorney volunteers who are available to travel to Harlingen to represent them. The coordinator discusses each case with the volunteer and provides support and guidance throughout the progress of the case. To the extent available, each attorney also is assisted by a volunteer law student, interpreter or legal assistant.
The staff at ProBAR make every effort to select cases and tailor procedures to make efficient use of a volunteer's time in South Texas. ProBAR's offices are designed to provide a volunteer attorney with a place to work, office equipment, and legal research materials. ProBAR also provides liability insurance coverage at no cost to volunteer attorneys working on ProBAR cases.